A Colorado Supreme Court decision has resulted in the suspension of energy-impact assistance grants – funds that are relied on by communities large and small throughout the state.

  • Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District gets large rebate for energy efficiency design in new high school building.
  • Cortez City Council voices skepticism over solar energy technology from Santa Fe, New Mexico company.

  • Report says that most jobs in Southwest Colorado don’t provide a livable wage for a family of four.
  • The San Juan Generating Station will continue operating, following a vote by New Mexico's Public Regulation Commission.

  • The future of the San Juan Generating Station in New Mexico set to be decided in December.
  • The north rim of the Grand Canyon now closed to vehicle traffic for the winter.

  • Montezuma County Commission considers beer sales at the Four Corners Ag Expo.
  • One million pound transformer arrives at the Latigo Wind Farm being constructed in southeast Utah.

  • The Good Samaritan Center food pantry in Cortez sees an increase of roughly 40 percent in the number of people it serves.
  • At $125 million, Latigo Wind Farm will be the largest private construction project in the history of San Juan County, Utah.

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Electricity is a vital part of everyday life that we sometimes take for granted.  KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Josh Dellinger, the new General Manger at Empire Electric Association, about how an electric co-op works, what the utility has planned in the future, renewable energy, and education programs that Empire Electric offers to its members.

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In this episode, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly from the Four Corners Free Press discuss energy usage and the politics surrounding water in Montezuma County.

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Oil and gas development within the shale deposits in Montezuma and La Plata counties could employ the practice of hydraulic fracturing, the controversial drilling practice that has been linked to environmental issues in other parts of the U.S. Host Lyn Patrick talks with Pete Dronkers from Earthworks, a national and local environmental nonprofit that is working on issues related to the potential hazards of fracking in southwest Colorado.

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